10 facts about November, sitting square in between October and December, it is the eleventh month of the Gregorian calendar.
For those in the northern hemisphere, fall is coming to an end, the last leaves are falling, and it’s getting quite cold out.
This month is also seen as a time to start getting ready for the harsh winter weather. Planning your Thanksgiving family get-together, and planning out which stores you’ll be visiting on Black Sunday.
10 Facts About November
November has just one birthstone, the radiant topaz.
The topaz is symbolic of many things, but most of all it is a symbol of strength and honor. The ancient Greeks also believed that the stone had the ability to turn oneself invisible.
The month also only has one birth flower, although with a flower as beautiful as a chrysanthemum who needs another?!
Different colored chrysanthemums have different meanings though – a white flower symbolizes pure love and truth, a red flower says “I love you” like nothing else does, while a yellow flower is a symbol of unrequited love.
#3 Never Been Renamed
November’s name has remained unchanged since the ancient Roman calendar, which was in use until 45 BC.
This first Roman calendar was only made up of ten months, with November being the ninth month. November actually translates rather appropriately into “ninth month” in Latin.
When the Julian calendar was adopted in 45 BC two new months were added, which pushed November back to the 9th Despite its change in position, Nov. was never renamed.
#4 30-Days No More
Nov. is the last of the four months which have 30 days. The other months are September, April, and June.
#5 The Windy Month
The Anglo-Saxons had quite the fitting name for November.
It’s usually at this time of the year in the northern hemisphere that cold winds start to chill you to the bone, and as such, they called it “Wind Monath”, or wind month.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month and has been celebrated since 1621.
The first Thanksgiving was a feast celebrating the first bountiful harvest of the pilgrims of Plymouth and New England.
It is still celebrated in a similar way, with families coming together and sharing plentiful amounts of food.
#7 Beaver Moon
The full moon is traditionally called the Beaver Moon in the US.
The tradition goes back to North America’s early colonial years, as it was during this time of year that hunters would set their beaver traps for the last time before the lakes and water sources they lived in froze over.
A rather hairy spectacle occurs in various parts of the world including Australia, the US, and England every year in November.
It’s called Movember, and the idea is to raise money for charity by growing a mustache.
Participants must shave on the first morning of Nov. and grow their mustache throughout the month, with the ensuing amusement as an incentive for others to donate to a good cause.
#8 Important Births
Like all other months of the year, a number of famous and important people have been born.
Some of the more notable people include Mark Twain, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winston Churchill, Kurt Vonnegut, and Scarlett Johansson.
If you’re born before Nov. 23rd then you have the sign of Scorpio.
Those born on Nov. 23rd or later have the sign of Sagittarius.
Scorpios are said to value trust and honesty above other things, as well as being quite intense yet imaginative people.
Those born under the sign of Sagittarius are quite different, being energetic and idealistic, while also generous and open-minded.
November is apparently the official month of banana pudding lovers.
If you’re not a big fan of pudding don’t worry. There are plenty of other things to celebrate this month.
November is also National Novel Writing Month (US), National Pomegranate Month (US), and National Adoption Month (US), among many others!